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Price p/p From price based on twin share option for group tour for 2021 season. Min 3 guests required to run tour.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 3,563

GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
7 Nights | 6 Days Lift Assisted Touring

Early bird special: 10% off listed prices if you book before Sept 30. Refund if travel ban or quarantine is in-force. See T&Cs.
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Price p/p From price based on twin share option for group tour for 2021 season. Min 3 guests required to run tour.
Base/invoice currency is in Japanese yen inc taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
AUD 3,563
Backcountry touring with some lift assistance in the Niseko & Otaru areas. If you are new to backcountry touring, this trip will be a perfect introduction to earning your turns with the guides showing you the ropes.
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Fixed Date(s): Jan 30 - Feb 06, 2021
Days: 8
Price: AUD 3,563
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Fixed Date(s): Feb 13 - Feb 20, 2021
Days: 8
Price: AUD 3,563
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 15 - Mar 15, 2021
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Niseko Yuki Yama Tour

The Niseko Yuki Yama Tour from WhiteRoom Tours is ideal for those who want to use human power to explore the backcountry near some epic ski resorts in the Niseko and Otaru area, but also get a bit of assistance from the lifts.

The Niseko and Otaru areas are famed for huge quantities of powder snow and endless backcountry. Touring equipment is a must on this tour, allowing the group the freedom to push further into the backcountry to get the freshest lines available every day. Although the group will have the freedom to hike, the aim of this tour is to do it the smart way and utilise the lift systems to get easy elevation and a few quick laps before you'll put on the skins and push out along ridge lines to explore what can be found with short hikes.

If you are new to backcountry hiking, the Yuki Yama (snow mountain) tour will be a perfect introduction to earning your turns with the guides there to help you learn the best techniques that will allow you to open a whole new experience on snow.

The Niseko region is ideally suited for keeping a flexible schedule, allowing the guides to keep your day mixed between touring and the lifts.

Based over 7 nights staying in the heart of lively Niseko in Hirafu, your guides will be watching the storms rolling in from Siberia and choosing to use the lift systems of any of these amazing resorts: Niseko; Rusutsu; Kiroro; Moiwa; Kokusai; or Teine. The Niseko Yuki Yama Tours provide the best of both worlds - the vibrancy of the Hirafu village of Niseko along with the ability to get away from the Niseko ski resort to chase powder.

If the group is up for it and the weather works out, maybe a day touring on iconic Mt Yotei will be on the cards.

Ability Level

The minimum ability level for the Yuki Yama Tour is advanced in off-piste conditions and terrain. This tour requires that you must be able to ski the whole mountain with confidence and at speed in powder, through trees and in variable conditions. You must also have a very good level of (ski) fitness. Snowboarders must be able to keep speed in all situations as well as hold a high traverse line. Please make an honest assessment of your abilities whilst keeping fitness in mind as to not slow the group down.

If this tour isn't quite the right fit, check out the summary of other tours offered by WhiteRoom Tours.

Equipment

Touring equipment is required – AT-skis or split board, extendable/collapsible backcountry poles with powder baskets, and skins. Avalanche safety gear is compulsory.

Itinerary

Arrival/Check-in Day – 1st Night

Upon landing at Sapporo’s Chitose Airport you’ll be transferred by Niseko Airport Shuttle to the Hirafu Welcome Centre where you’ll be met by our team and then checked into Full Note. That night the staff will host you in the Half Note Bar where you’ll meet the lead guide and managers who will run you through the tour, weather and answer any questions you have.

If you wish to organise rental ski/snowboard equipment it is advised that you try to arrive with enough time on the arrival day to be fitted.

Day 1 – 6

To ensure your guide takes you to the resort with the best weather conditions and powder each day, the guides like to keep the itinerary flexible. From the Niseko base the guides have plenty of terrain to choose from with resorts including Niseko United, Moiwa, Kiroro, Rusutsu, Kokusai, Teine and the iconic Mt Yotei (if all the stars align with respect to the weather). Expect to be using the lifts to gain elevation (except at Mt Yotei) and then, depending on conditions, either smash a few quick laps in the side/slackcountry, or strap on the skins and tour out through the gates along ridges to drop some seriously fresh stuff. This tour is all about hunting out the best conditions and touring to find fresh lines.

Day 7

Time to check out and say good bye to your new friends and transfer to Sapporo’s Chitose Airport for your flight home. If you have a later flight you can even sneak in another ski day!

Lodging

In Niseko you’ll be staying at the lovely Pension Full Note. It is a Japanese-style bed & breakfast located in Central Hirafu, with lovely staff and a warm and cosy country style atmosphere. It has a sunken lounge, fireplace, and long communal table where the group will have the Shabu-Shabu welcome dinner party and daily breakfast.

More information on Full Note can be found here.

Inclusions & Rates Notes

  • 315,000 yen
  • Base rate in Japanese yen
  • 5-10 people max per tour (5 to 1 client to guide ratio) - 4 person minimum
  • Please enquire for a quote for a private customised tour
Inclusions
  • Transfers from/to airport & daily transport
  • 7 nights twin/triple share 
accommodation at Full Note Pension in Central Hirafu in Niseko
  • Fully guided & hosted, 6 days guiding
  • Lift pass for any resort as required
  • Welcome & farewell dinner party
  • Daily breakfast
  • Onsen tour
Add-ons
  • Single share accommodation or accommodation upgrade
  • Avalanche rental gear - 11,500 yen for 7 days (compulsory to have)
  • Equipment rental (touring etc)
  • Add on extra nights/guided days
Not Included

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